Ends for Students Under the Policy Governance model, the Mercer Island School Board’s most important responsibility is to develop a Vision, Mission, and “Ends” or goals, which are areas of knowledge and skill that drive the instructional program in order to successfully prepare students for the cognitive, global and digital world. The Vision, Mission, and “Ends,” provide the educational framework for the entire District.
Vision 2020Our students will thrive in the cognitive, digital, and global world while sustaining their passion and inspiration for learning.
MissionMercer Island Schools will deliver a 21st century education that prepares students to convert information into knowledge and create innovative solutions demanded by tomorrow’s world.
The School Board developed its Vision, Mission and “Ends” with significant input from parents, students, staff, and community members as well as education and business experts. However, they are subject to revision and updates as Board members continually link with constituents and evaluate the changing world.
The Mercer Island School District Vision and Goal were adopted by the Board of Directors on July 9, 2009. After much discussion at the semi-annual board retreat, Board Policy 2020 was adopted on August 13, 2009. Since that time, Board Policy 2020 has been revised on 9/10/09, 9/23/10, 2/24/11, 3/10/11, 7/27/11, 3/27/14, 6/12/14, 9/9/14, 8/18/15, and 10/8/15.
The 2020 Fundamentals require the superintendent to make a reasonable interpretation and the Board to set indicators to measure each Fundamental.
Fundamentals of the Vision 2020
- Create a more personalized learning environment where differentiated instruction and student-centered education are responsive to students’ strengths and learning styles, interests and passions.
- Maintain the highest standards in the areas of fine arts; health/fitness; literacy – reading, writing and communications; mathematics; science; social studies, and world languages.
- Develop self-awareness, empathy, emotional/social intelligence, responsible decision-making and citizenship.
- Encourage and enable students to be academic entrepreneurs and risk-takers who can choose to pursue academic passions and interests beyond traditional curriculum and beyond the traditional classroom environment.
- Cultivate and foster thinking and process skills such as analytical and critical thinking, cross-discipline thinking, creativity, innovation, collaboration, communication, problem- solving, and information and technology literacy in curriculum design.
- Cultivate Global Awareness and understanding of real-world problems, issues, concerns, commonalities, differences and interdependence.
- Foster and embrace diversity, inclusiveness, and equity with a focus on respect and acceptance of every student.